A ROSCREA man who challenged the gardaí in the street was last week ordered to make a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.
Michael Madden, Summerhill, Roscrea, was charged with using threatening behaviour and failing to comply with the direction of the gardaí, at Main Street, Portlaoise, on October 21 last year.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the defendant was observed at 3am throwing a paper bag on the ground. When the gardaí approached him and ordered him to leave, Madden began swearing loudly and challenged the gardaí. Madden said he was going home and no one was going to stop him, and he refused to give his name and address.
He has previous convictions for public order offences.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen admitted that the courts were familiar with his client. Mr Breen said that Madden had travelled to Portlaoise to do shopping and had decided to go for some drinks. He ended up in a night club and after he left the club he had his shopping with him, which was the paper bag he was seen throwing on the ground. Madden became agitated by the gardaí and said, “For f**ksake, leave me be,” before he challenged one of the officers.
Judge Catherine Staines ordered Madden to make a donation of €200 to the Garda Benevolent Fund for his “appalling behaviour” and the matter was put back to February 7.